What happens if Brian Laundrie isn't found in the coming weeks
Local and federal investigators have been searching for Brian Laundrie -- the fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito -- for about a month in a Florida nature reserve that spans nearly 25,000 acres. © Octavio Jones/Getty Images The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office and other surrounding law enforcement agencies continue their search in the Carlton Reserve. Petito's parents reported her missing last month following a cross-country road trip the couple began over the summer.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie were found Wednesday in a Florida wilderness park as the search continued for clues in the slaying of Gabby Petito, a Laundrie family attorney said. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Aug. 12, 2021 file photo from video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park. Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, whose body was found at a national park in Wyoming after a cross-country trip with him, has been charged with unauthorized use of a debit card as searchers continue looking for him in Florida swampland, federal authorities announced Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP, File)
Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, took part in the search Wednesday with the FBI and police from North Port, Florida, more than a month after Laundrie was reported missing.
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Lenny DePaul said something always gives fugitives away, especially for someone like Laundrie, who has shared so much of his life on social media. "I've seen it all, he's not a career criminal," DePaul said. "He doesn't know how to play fugitive as I would say, so he's got it rough out there wherever he is. I think he's scared. He's definitely sleeping with one eye open and you know it's a matter of time. I always say 'you can run, but you can hide, and when you run, you only go to jail tired'.
“After a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in a text to The Associated Press. “As of now law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area.” © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. Teton County Coroner Brent Blue is scheduled to announce the findings of Petito's autopsy at a news conference early Tuesday, Oct. 12. (The Moab Police Department via AP)
No other details were immediately available. The Sarasota County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed they had been summoned to the reserve but would not comment further.
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Michael Livingston, who worked with Laundrie in 2017 and 2018, said in the interview that he was a good employee but sometimes acted like a "weirdo.""He would come over and do the boyfriend thing, put his arm around her, give her a kiss, very possessive," Michael Livingston, who said he worked with Laundrie, in 2017 and 2018, told Fox News Digital.
Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the killing of Petito, who was reported missing Sept. 11 by her parents while the couple was on a cross-country trip out West.
The case generated enormous public interest but also raised uncomfortable questions over the unequal attention given to the hundreds of cases of Native American and other minority women missing or murdered across the United States. Petito is white.
Petito’s body was found Sept. 19 on the edge of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, which the couple had visited. The coroner there concluded she died of strangulation and her body had been where it was found for three or four weeks.
The couple was stopped Aug. 12 by police in Moab, Utah, after they had a physical altercation, but no charges were filed.
Laundrie returned home alone Sept. 1 in the Ford van the couple took on their trip. He was reported missing after telling his parents on Sept. 14 that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve, a vast nature preserve in Sarasota County that has for weeks been a key area in the search.
The activity Wednesday was focused on the nearby Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, where television news reports showed numerous law enforcement vehicles arriving and a tent set up inside the woods. The location is where a Ford Mustang that Laundrie drove to the wilderness was found.
Laundrie is charged in a federal Wyoming indictment with unauthorized use of a debit card, which would allow authorities to arrest him if he is found alive.
It alleges Laundrie used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000. It does not say to whom the card belonged or what type of charges were made.
Fact check: Remains found in Florida park ID'd as Brian Laundrie's, not a supposed twin's .
A forensic dentist told USA TODAY that dental records, which the FBI used to identify Laundrie, would be different even among identical twins. Laundrie’s only known sibling is Cassie Laundrie. Fact check: Police, medical examiner debunk claim that DNA doesn't match in Brian Laundrie case In response to USA TODAY's request for comment, the person who made the post said over Facebook Messenger that they are a medium and determined Laundrie is alive under a new identity thanks to collusion between the FBI and Laundrie's family. There is no evidence to support these claims.